Notice of withdrawal of CI services: KDevelop and KDE Connect

Nate Graham nate at
Wed Jun 16 19:40:35 BST 2021

This kind of problem will be generically solved for everyone once we get 
GitLab's pre-commit CI, which can block merging of MRs until the 
failures are resolved--so they actually *will* be resolved. How soon can 
we get that finally rolled out across KDE?

Until that happens, this sort of problem will recur infinitely because 
people will continue to miss or ignore CI failures because they send 
emails after merge/commit rather than before, and are formatted 


On 6/16/21 12:28 PM, Ben Cooksley wrote:
> Hi all,
> The following is notice that I intend to withdraw CI services from the 
> following two KDE projects due to faults in their code or build system 
> which are having a significant adverse impact on the CI system and 
> negatively impacting on other projects:
> - KDevelop
> - KDE Connect
> This withdrawal will be applied to all platforms.
> In the case of KDevelop, it has a series of unit tests which on FreeBSD 
> cause gdb to hang and consume an entire CPU core indefinitely. This 
> slows down builds for all other projects using that CI server, and also 
> prevents KWin tests from proceeding - completely blocking it's jobs. 
> This fault is in the debuggee_slow family of tests.
> As this issue has persisted for some time now despite being mentioned, I 
> require that the family of tests in question be disabled across all 
> platforms.
> In the case of KDE Connect, as part of it's configure process it runs an 
> external command that results in dbus-daemon being launched. This 
> process persists following the build and would only be cleaned up by our 
> tooling that runs tests. Should the compilation fail (as it does 
> currently) it will result in the CI builder being broken - which is why 
> we have had so many Windows builds fail lately.
> As this is an issue that has occurred previously, I require that the 
> configure time check which is launching dbus-daemon to be expunged from 
> KDE Connect.
> As a reminder to all projects, running commands that interact with 
> dbus-daemon or kdeinit is not permitted during configure or build time.
> Regards,
> Ben Cooksley
> KDE Sysadmin

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